The Oregon Trail: The Journey Across the Country from Lewis and Clark to the Transcontinental Railroad

The Oregon Trail: The Journey Across the Country from Lewis and Clark to the Transcontinental Railroad

Westward ho! If you travel across certain parts of the United States, you can still see wagon wheel ruts where people crossed the West in search of more opportunity and better lives more than 200 years ago! The Oregon Trail: The Journey Across the Country From Lewis and Clark to the Transcontinental Railroad offers readers ages 9 to 12 a fascinating look at the explorers and settlers who traveled this route during the westward expansion of the United States.

  • Encourages readers to connect historic events to present-day political issues, such as, diversity, migration, and immigration.
  • Excerpts of primary sources and links to online primary sources enhance the narrative and engage readers in historical analysis.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $17.95
  • Hardcover, $22.95
  • eBook, $12.99

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

Subjects

  • US History

Author
 

Illustrator
Tom Casteel 

Specs

  • 8 x 10
  • 4-color interior
  • 128 pages

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Timeline
  • Maps
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619305762
  • Hardcover, 9781619305724

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Westward ho! If you travel across certain parts of the United States, you can still see wagon wheel ruts where people crossed the West in search of more opportunity and better lives more than 200 years ago! The Oregon Trail: The Journey Across the Country From Lewis and Clark to the Transcontinental Railroad offers readers ages 9 to 12 a fascinating look at the explorers and settlers who traveled this route during the westward expansion of the United States.

  • Encourages readers to connect historic events to present-day political issues, such as, diversity, migration, and immigration.
  • Excerpts of primary sources and links to online primary sources enhance the narrative and engage readers in historical analysis.

Reviews

Praise for other titles in the series:

The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence

Publishers Weekly
“Readers can take a hands-on approach to learning about the American Revolution in this addition to the Build It Yourself series . . . . Sidebars supplement the material with vocabulary definitions, trivia, and additional information about such figures as Thomas Paine, Benedict Arnold, and Phillis Wheatley. Cartoon illustrations and 25 activities create a lively learning experience . . .”

School Library Journal
“Featuring a lively page design, this volume asks readers a series of questions to prompt them to consider the American Revolution. . . Along with the standard textual information, pages are filled with sidebars, vocabulary words, and definitions, and QR codes that provide access to primary sources.”

Cities: Discover How They Work with 25 Projects
Booklist
“Propounding the emerging interdisciplinary paradigm of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and design, and mathematics), this hands-on informational book discusses how cities’ complex structures and systems function together in an interdependent way. . . Basics of civil engineering are introduced and potential future problems of city life are explored. Through appealing illustrations, reader-friendly text, and fun, hands-on experiments suitable for home and classroom, Reilly helps foster an appreciation for the way that cities function almost as organisms with vibrant systems and interdependent structures.”


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Paint the Oregon Trail

In the nineteenth century, many artists used the American West as a canvas for artistic expression—George Catlin, Frederick Remington, and Charles Marion Russell are some of the most well known. Art of the American West presented the artist’s perspective of specific events and or locations. Whether the subject was a cowboy, Native American, or a landscape, the paintings often conveyed deep emotion.

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Author-Illustrator

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Karen Bush Gibson

Karen Bush Gibson is the author of more than 30 nonfiction books for children and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. One of her books about women aviators was named a 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People by the NCSS and a selection in Air & Space/Smithsonian‘s Best Children’s Books of 2013 roundup of aviation and space-themed books. Karen lives in Norman, Oklahoma.


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Tom Casteel

Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master’s degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. He is working on his first graphic novel.



More Details

Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
Subjects: US History,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Maps, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Praise for other titles in the series:

The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence

Publishers Weekly
“Readers can take a hands-on approach to learning about the American Revolution in this addition to the Build It Yourself series . . . . Sidebars supplement the material with vocabulary definitions, trivia, and additional information about such figures as Thomas Paine, Benedict Arnold, and Phillis Wheatley. Cartoon illustrations and 25 activities create a lively learning experience . . .”

School Library Journal
“Featuring a lively page design, this volume asks readers a series of questions to prompt them to consider the American Revolution. . . Along with the standard textual information, pages are filled with sidebars, vocabulary words, and definitions, and QR codes that provide access to primary sources.”

Cities: Discover How They Work with 25 Projects
Booklist
“Propounding the emerging interdisciplinary paradigm of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and design, and mathematics), this hands-on informational book discusses how cities’ complex structures and systems function together in an interdependent way. . . Basics of civil engineering are introduced and potential future problems of city life are explored. Through appealing illustrations, reader-friendly text, and fun, hands-on experiments suitable for home and classroom, Reilly helps foster an appreciation for the way that cities function almost as organisms with vibrant systems and interdependent structures.”


Projects

project image

Paint the Oregon Trail

In the nineteenth century, many artists used the American West as a canvas for artistic expression—George Catlin, Frederick Remington, and Charles Marion Russell are some of the most well known. Art of the American West presented the artist’s perspective of specific events and or locations. Whether the subject was a cowboy, Native American, or a landscape, the paintings often conveyed deep emotion.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

author image

Karen Bush Gibson

Karen Bush Gibson is the author of more than 30 nonfiction books for children and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. One of her books about women aviators was named a 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People by the NCSS and a selection in Air & Space/Smithsonian‘s Best Children’s Books of 2013 roundup of aviation and space-themed books. Karen lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

author image

Tom Casteel

Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master’s degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. He is working on his first graphic novel.